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The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

The Great Cholesterol Myth is that cholesterol causes all of your heart problems. My new book uncovers the truth about the high cholesterol hype. Preview today.

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Why “Good” HDL Cholesterol Isn’t Always Good

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The drug companies have sold the American public a simplified version of cholesterol, that LDL cholesterol is “bad” and HDL cholesterol is “good.” They’ve propagated that message in order to sell more cholesterol medications, but that message is doing more harm than good...

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Diabetes and Heart Disease

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Discover the deadly connection between diabetes and heart disease, and how best to prevent and treat both conditions to maintain overall health and well-being.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

News Alert: High-Dose Statins Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As you may remember, on June 10 I reported on a new FDA warning about high doses of the statin drug Zocor. Now, new findings reported in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMAare adding more fuel to that fire—that high-dose statins (80 mg) can increase a patient’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

The VAP Test and HDL Cholesterol

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

A high level of HDL—the so-called good cholesterol—is generally associated with protection against heart attack. However, we now know that HDL can be further divided into subtypes HDL1 and HDL2.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, we’ve understood that having high blood levels of HDL cholesterol lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Now, a research publication reports that higher HDL levels are also associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Healthy Cholesterol Is Great, But...

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The field of cardiology is finally realizing that although good cholesterol levels can help deter the biochemical process that creates damage in arterial walls—which in turn leads to plaque, occlusions, and clots—it’s a relatively minor one. In other words, they’ve realized that even though they may find cholesterol at the scene of the crime, it’s not necessarily the perpetrator.

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The Truth About Cholesterol

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not a villain. Your body needs cholesterol to synthesize certain nutrients and hormones, construct the semi-permeable membranes around each of the 100 trillion cells that make up your body, and facilitate cell communication and memory in the brain.

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Discover more about the dangers of high Lp(a) cholesterol levels and why they can be a bigger threat to your heart health than high total cholesterol. 

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Reducing Cholesterol With Statin Drugs

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Statins are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that have been shown to be able to do a phenomenal job of reducing cholesterol levels, while also decreasing the number of deaths from heart attack and stroke.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Low-Carb Diets Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Weight

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Many of today’s fad diets revolve around modifying insulin resistance by consuming low-carbohydrate, high-protein foods. This type of diet is likely to contain high levels of insecticides, pesticides, and radiation, which in the long run may increase your risk of cancer of the bowel, prostate, and breast and can increase your heart risk factors. So you need choose wisely...

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Soy Foods for Healthy Cholesterol

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s one thing to say “eat more soy” to help maintain good cholesterol levels or as part of a plan for reducing cholesterol. It’s quite another to actually put that advice into action. So here are my top recommendations of soy-based foods and how to use them.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition